A New Way to Learn

img_8953Recently, our sixth grade students at Smoketown Elementary got the chance to visit BizTown, a simulated city where students learn hands-on about the free enterprise system. BizTown is a new program to CV, and all of our elementary schools will get the chance to visit this unique town during the school year.

Another state-mandated test?

Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives recently began discussing a new bill that would mandate yet another standardized test for students, this time in civics. The proposal would require high school students to pass a civics exam similar to the one taken by those who want to become U.S. citizens. Students would need to score a 60 out of 100 before they could graduate.

Understanding School Performance Profiles


Note: Shortly after this blog was published, the Pennsylvania Department of Education announced that it was pulling the academic data from its school performance profiles for further review. The PDE said it took down the scores after it was alerted to a data accuracy issue with the Pennsylvania Value Added Assessment System scores, which are part of the SPP’s growth measure. Some school performance profile scores may change based on this data accuracy review.

Last week, The Pennsylvania Department of Education released the latest School Performance Profiles (SPPs) for all schools in the commonwealth. Some of CV’s schools saw their SPP scores improve, while others declined slightly. I want to add some context these scores and explain how the state calculates them.

A Sincere Thank You To All

IMG_5387It is with mixed sentiments this week that I submitted my letter of intent to retire at the end of this academic year to our School Board effective June 29, 2017. At the end of my last contract three years ago, I was eligible, but not ready to retire for a variety of personal and professional reasons. However, after 19 years in this role now and 30 years at CV, I truly believe it is time for new leadership to bring new ideas on just how much better we can become as an organization.

NHS Inductions

induction2016-4Last Thursday, I had the honor of being the keynote speaker at CVHS’s National Honor Society Induction. On behalf of our school board, administration, staff and CV community, I want to commend all of the new students accepted into this prestigious organization. I thought I would again recognize these students by sharing my remarks with you below. Best of luck to all of the members of the National Honor Society!

Honoring Our Distinguished Alumni

dsc_1581Each year, Conestoga Valley recognizes alumni who have found great success in both their lives and careers post-CV. This year, I want to extend congratulations to our 2016-2017 Distinguished Alumni (in order of graduation year):  Janine (Snead) Hiller ’75, Kathy (Kaufhold) Phillips ’86, and Jonathan Groff ’03.